Twenty year old Emily Harkins in the ...
Twenty year old Emily Harkins in the #88 Malcomson Construction Thunderbird won the action packed one hundred lap race at Sunshine Speedway in Pinellas Park, Florida on Saturday night, August 11th. This marks the first time a woman driver has won a National Event in the Allison Legacy Series. Emily started from the pole position by setting the fastest time and was passed by Randleman, North Carolina's Mark Howard in the #7 Dale Carnegie sponsored ride on lap three. Harkins regained the lead on lap 62 after dropping back to third place and led for the remainder of the race. She has been racing quarter midgets since the age of five and is a regular on the Allison Legacy National Touring Circuit.
Howard finished in second place and 16 year old Chad McCumbee in the #20 S.G Ward Construction car, the series National Points Leader, finished in third spot. Placing fourth and fifth were Florida Legacy region drivers, Andy Chisholm in the #50 USA Store Services car and Jeff Conyers in the #00 Johnny Doan Plumbing Thunderbird.
Other lady drivers who had had success in the series are Kelley Sutton and Jayme Bolkovac who have won races in their regions. Bolkovac is the regional points leader at this time in the Pennsylvania Legacy Region. There are two other female drivers in the series, Sarah Shaub in the Great Lakes Region and Kati Leonard in the Carolina Region.
Harkins tested her car at Sunshine Speedway last week and said "I really didn't do that well on the test, but I went home and really thought about the way I was going to get into and out of the corners and concentrated on that and what I had learned on the test". It paid off for the young driver.
The Allison Legacy National Touring Series moves on to Albany Speedway in Georgia for a race on September 1st and then Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania on September 15th.